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Jul 25, 2021 4:59 PM
Maybe he's less dead than he at first appeared
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Nanami Kento looks... less than thrilled to be here.

"Gojo-san, how old is he. When you asked me to supervise one of your students I thought he'd be third or fourth year. I am not a teacher."

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"Sixteen," Itadori replies easily, bowing to Nanami. "It is a pleasure to meet you, sir."

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"Hajimemashite," replies Nanami, with all of the inflection and personality of drywall. "And now goodbye, I refuse to be responsible for a child. Especially with the grades of curses I typically handle."

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"He'll be fiiiiiine. I've been sparring with him for the last month!"

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Pause.

"You have my condolences," says Nanami, to Tokan.

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Itadori straightens back up. "Thank you sir. It has been educational and very, very painful."

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“I imagine so.” He looks back to Gojo. “I’m still not taking him. It’s not his abilities that are in question. You and I are used to the kinds of horrors grade 1 and special grades can and do inflict. The bodies they leave. It is not an environment someone his age should be exposed to carelessly.”

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“He’s already been exposed. Several people have already succeeded at killing him, he has Sukuna inside him having a daily chat, and he’s seen and fought a special grade before. He’s already in the deep end, whether any of us like it or not. I need to make sure he can swim.”

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"Yeah I was dead for a while," confirms Itadori. "Sukuna decided ripping my heart off would be good to keep me hostage. As if I would let him just run amok with my body just because I would die if I swapped back."

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"Personal danger is not the sort of thing I mean. I mean the civilian casualties and hostages, the moral dilemmas that intelligent curses like to inflict. Situations such as: rescue the tortured hostages, or go after the curse responsible. Using them as shields. Using them as bait to lure a sorcerer into a trap. Leaving pieces of them to unnerve and anger. Things that haunt you long after the curse responsible is dead."

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"Sir, with all due respect, as Gojō-sensei said, this is my life now, I am in it whether I want to be or not. I am Sukuna's vessel, these things are going to happen to me and around me regardless and sooner rather than later. If they are the sorts of things I currently cannot deal with, then I would rather be ready for them than flounder."

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"Fine."

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"Thank you, sir. I will do my best to keep up and not hinder you."

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"I wouldn't let you hinder me regardless. And if you fail to keep up I will send you back to your actual sensei." He turns to go. "Come along, then, I've been asked to investigate a series of incidents in Kawasaki."

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"You'll do great!" assures Gojo.

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"Yes, Sensei! ...also, um, Nanami-san, why did he call you 'ex-salaryman'?"

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"After several years at the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College," this might have been the first person to properly use the school's full, actual name, "I decided that I hated sorcerer society, hated hunting curses, hated all of my peers, and most of all hated the thought of continuing my life in this wretched torturous hellhole filled with scheming vipers and monsters that make horror stories look quaint. So I left for the corporate ladder."

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"...and yet you're back."

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"Yes. After several years at the tender mercies of the modern business world, I came to realize that I hated all of that, too. My fundamental problem was that, as a general rule, I hate people, do not understand them, hate the entire structure of the society that we as a species have painstakingly created to trap ourselves in, and that people themselves are and have always been capable of just as much evil as whatever curses might inflict. So if I hated everything equally, I might as well do what I'm good at."

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.........this man needs a hug.

But Itadori already has one little autistic nonverbal boy to contend with, he should not acquire a second. "That makes sense," is what he says instead.

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"Really? Gojo thinks it's the darkest and most depressing thing he's ever heard."

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"...hmm, I guess it might make my top ten, but in terms of reasons for doing things it seems sound enough to me."

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"Most sorcerers have disturbing psychological stances for why they take up this profession. At this point, I assume they all do until proven otherwise."

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"I suppose you have to be a bit weird in the head to want to keep doing this."

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"Indeed."

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